Chicago Blackhawks Get Fast Start, Cruise Past Struggling Minnesota Wild 4-1 | Star Tribune

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We have to find a way to bring more to the rink every day.” Trailing 2-0 in the second, Minnesota had a chance to get back in the game, but defenseman Nate Prosser’s shot went off the outside of the left post at 8:04. The Blackhawks then caught a break when Kane’s shot went off Prosser’s left skate and right to Richards, who beat Backstrom from the left side for his ninth goal. Wild forward Jason Zucker made a great move to draw a penalty shot with 3:43 left in the second, but he sent a backhand wide of the net and a trailing Oduya made it 4-0 at 18:25 when he jumped on a loose puck for his second goal. The Blackhawks (28-13-2) improved to 3-0 against the Wild this season with their second win over Minnesota in four days. Kane had a goal and two assists and Crawford made 42 saves in Chicago’s 4-2 road win on Thursday night. Now the Blackhawks have four days off before they host Winnipeg on Friday night. Sunday’s win capped a stretch of five games in eight days. “With the four days off here, at least we’re going away feeling better about ourselves than our recent couple of games,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “I think we had such a busy stretch, it will be nice to get a breather here and get excited about our nice, busy stretch going into the All-Star break.” Just like in its most recent matchup with Minnesota, Chicago put together a strong start. Brandon Saad made a nice cross-ice pass to an open Toews, who then played it across the goalmouth to Hossa for the easy score at 4:17 of the first. Kane then made a nifty dash through the Minnesota zone to set up Bickell for a 2-0 lead at 7:53. source: http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/288214621.html

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Nothing is going right for the Wild, and perhaps most alarmingly, that seemingly has become acceptable. Sunday, their effort was lacking, their passion was invisible and they again went through the motions in a 4-1 loss to the Blackhawks, their fourth straight defeat and 11th in the past 13 games. The loss was just the latest in a long list of underwhelming performances by the Wild in what seems destined to be a disappointing season. The optimism has faded. The high expectations are gone. Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford keeps the puck covered up while taking a look at Minnesota Wild center Ryan Carter in his crease during the second period on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at the United Center in Chicago. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS) What remains is a team that seems to have no confidence, that routinely puts itself in holes it can’t dig out of and often seems to play without energy. Sunday’s game marked the halfway point of the season, but with it came more signs that the team’s free fall could continue despite a mounting sense of urgency. “There’s no doubt the clock is ticking,” coach Mike Yeo said. Ticking on a number of things, perhaps. source: http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_27301827/blackhawks-4-wild-1-lifeless-effort-ends-fourth?source=rss

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It was Bickell’s fifth goal in his last seven games and No. 9 on the season. ”As of late, it’s good. I need to stick with it,” he said. ”I need to repeat in my head what I’m doing to be successful and hopefully I can stick with it.” NOTES: The Blackhawks improved to 15-0 when leading after two periods. … Wild D Marco Scandella missed his third consecutive game with an upper-body injury. Minnesota also scratched C Jordan Schroeder and D Justin Falk . … Blackhawks C Joakim Nordstrom was a healthy scratch after playing in the previous four games. F Kris Versteeg missed his fifth consecutive game with a left hand injury, and D Tim Erixon was a healthy scratch for Chicago. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/gametracker/recap/NHL_20150111_MIN@CHI

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ET, NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports). Captains for each squad will be announced next week. The highest-scoring player not to make the cut is Nikita Kucherov of the Lightning, but his linemate Johnson is an all-star. James van Riemsdyk (40 points) stays home, as Kessel makes the game. Jiri Hudler should have made the game based on achievement, but hey, gotta throw the Oilers that bone. A case could be made for either Nicklas Backstrom or John Carlson from the Capitals; but again, Ottawa and Carolina need their all-stars, too. Wonder if it came down to Howard or Jaroslav Halak at the goalie spot? As for Patrik Elias er uh hmmmm *coughs* maybe Jagr saw those new all-star sweaters and was like “uh no…”? (Actually, Jagr put it out there he wasn’t crazy about being an all-star this season. Did the NHL extend the same courtesy to other older players?) Sorta crazy to think about an NHL All-Star Game that wont feature a forward from the San Jose Sharks, either Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg, either Daniel or Henrik Sedin or P.K. Subban. And while its completely understandable given his first half no Zdeno Chara in the all-star game or the skills competition means no Zdeno Chara in the hardest shot competition. Well, congrats Weber. Or something. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-2015-all-stars-announced–who-was-snubbed-233642200.html

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Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford keeps the puck covered up while taking a look at Minnesota Wild center Ryan Carter in his crease during the second

Playing on the eve of his 36th birthday, Hossa tapped in his ninth goal at 4:17 of the first. Brandon Saad made a nice cross-ice pass to an open Toews, who then played it across the goalmouth to Hossa for the easy score. It was goal No. 473 for Hossa, moving him into a tie with former Blackhawks great Denis Savard and Alexander Mogilny for 50th on the NHL’s career list. Kane then made a nifty dash through the Minnesota zone to set up Bickell for a 2-0 lead at 7:53. It was Bickell’s fifth goal in his last seven games and No. 9 on the season. The fast start was more than enough for Crawford, who was working on his second shutout of the season before Cooke had a rebound goal with 4:52 remaining. But Crawford still earned his 17th win of the season. NOTES: The Blackhawks improved to 15-0 when leading after two periods. … Wild D Marco Scandella missed his third consecutive game with an upper-body injury. source: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/blackhawks-cruise-past-wild-28159226

 

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